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Hopewell transport centre to reopen

Mark Cummings

Thursday, June 14, 2012    

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HOPEWELL, HanoverThe Hopewell transport centre which has been closed for almost three months due to the poor surface at the facility, should be back in operation within another month.

Deputy chairman of the Hanover Parish Council Lloyd Hill told the Observer West earlier this week that the council has allocated $3 million to commence work at the centre.

"I believe that work will start within two weeks and so within a month the centre should be back in use," he said.

Hill, who is a former chairman of the Hanover Parish Council, added that the police and employees of the Transport Authority are anxious for the centre to be reopened.

Constructed at a cost of $6 million roughly four years ago, the centre is geared to alleviate the problem of traffic congestion and the lack of parking space for taxi operators in the coastal town, as well as to provide a source of revenue for the local authority.

The council is hoping to generate roughly $4 million in revenue when the facility is up and running.

"It can be very feasible; we did our surveys and we found out that it (transport centre) can make money for us. It is a profitable thing," Hill stressed.

He explained that during the first few months of operations at the facility, the council made a profit, but pointed out that " this was short lived as the surface began to deteriorate and became a dust nuisance."

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